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2 killed in crashes in Riley, Morton counties

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at 11:25 p.m.

Two people suffered fatal injuries Wednesday in separate traffic accidents on Kansas roads, the Kansas Highway Patrol reports in its online crash log.

Riley County resident Michael R. Ippert, 28, died around 3 a.m. when his 1995 Chevy Tahoe drifted off U.S. 24 as he was driving westbound, near Manhattan, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Ippert, of Manhattan, overcorrected and lost control, and then hit a guardrail. The vehicle overturned and ejected its driver.

Ippert – the sole occupant of the SUV – was pronounced dead at the scene, the highway patrol said.

The second crash happened at about 12:18 p.m. at the intersection of County Roads 26 and G, about 5 miles southeast of the Morton County town of Rolla. James Dale Mason, 48, was driving west on County Road G when he failed to yield the right-of-way and drove into the path of a 2008 Chevy pickup that was headed south on 26, the highway patrol said. The Chevy hit Mason’s 1995 Ford pickup on the passenger-side door, forcing both trucks into the southwest ditch.

Mason died at the scene, the highway patrol reports. His passenger, 23-year-old Tyler R. Miller, was taken to Morton County Hospital with injuries. Both are Rolla residents.

The driver of the Chevy pickup, 43-year-old Lindel A. Goode of Hugoton, suffered possible injuries and was transported to Stevens County Hospital for treatment.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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